Where should I buy hardware now?

April 22, 2020 at 11:32:48
Specs: several
With many places closed and everything disrupted or
changed in some way, do you have any recommendation
as to where I should buy a Canon CanoScan LiDE 400
flatbed scanner, with minimal delay? Canon website?
Office Depot website? Micro Center website? Or?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
April 22, 2020 at 12:51:01
Logically.. online sources are the obvious source?

Besides the big river company there must be others?

Likely many well know companies have their online sites too?


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#2
April 22, 2020 at 13:34:01

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#3
April 22, 2020 at 13:47:45
You might also want to look at Craigslist
They probably won't have your exact equipment, but if all you need is a flatbed scanner then you can probably find something that will work for you
I got an Epson flatbed scanner for $10 a number of years ago from a company that was going out of business.

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#4
April 22, 2020 at 14:49:17

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#5
April 22, 2020 at 21:01:03
Last week I was rebuilding my home network and needed hardware. Amazon showed at least a week delivery, Newegg slightly better. Fortunately there is a Microcenter a short drive from me and they are opened though with limits to the number of people in the store at one time and other social distancing rules. After waiting outside in a wind driven down poor for half an hour, I was able to get a new router and a pair of AP's (all Ubiquity) etc. so I was able to achieve a truly solid home network with hardwired (already wired years ago) and Wifi that really reaches 100% of the spaces.
I am happy with the newer faster Spectrum Modem but gave them back their router. Instructions to set up the router were little more than chicken scratchings, The Wifi covered 1/3 of the home (old construction), and I never got the router configured completely for hard wire before bed that evening I swapped out the hardware for TV & Internet with them. The next day was Easter Sunday so I waited for Monday to purchase the new network hardware and I am very glad I did. I had planned on returning their router once I decided on what else to go with but their poor performance and lack of information pushed me to make careful plans during the day Sunday and I was ready to go on Monday morning.

If you are lucky enough to have one nearby then that is the fastest way, otherwise it is their online or Newegg as Amazon is too slow during this time in the US right now.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
April 23, 2020 at 08:42:03
Before Fingers posted, I looked on Amazon, and while looking,
decided to order. They say May 8 for free delivery. Of course,
I want the thing today. I'll have to keep lying to my "boss" about
why I'm not getting this project done. He wants speed, I want
perfection. Though I didn't order an Epson Perfection... The
Canon scanner looks like it should do a pretty good job.

If it hadn't been for the virus, I'd have Kinkos do the scanning.
They're less than two blocks away.

My last order from Amazon was almost three years ago, but
other people in this building are constantly getting boxes from
them. That may have influenced me. Moooo.

I got most of the parts for my previous computer from NewEgg.
That was in 2010. It doesn't seem like ten years!

And there is a Micro Center a few miles from me. Disneyland
for computer nerds. But their website said they don't have the
scanner in stock. And I don't have transportation. Buses are
still running, but it appears that they are trying to minimize the
number of people who ride them.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
April 23, 2020 at 15:26:55
Why isn't your "boss" buying it? Are you going to get reimbursed for your $90?

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#8
April 23, 2020 at 20:12:28
I might not tell my "boss" I bought it. He called me today
and I didn't actually lie, but I didn't tell him what was holding
me up. He brought up the idea of me being a perfectionist.
His wife scanned some photos for him on their scanner, to
go into his next book, which I am editing. A few of them
have problems, so I wanted to re-scan them. Also a few
photos turned up that were never scanned. But I'd like to
have my own scanner again. I had one a few years ago,
and made limited use of it because I didn't have space to
keep it set up, and put it back in the box every time I was
done using it. There is a little more room where I am now.
Not much more, but maybe enough.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#9
April 24, 2020 at 08:14:25

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#10
April 24, 2020 at 15:50:13
Do you have a printer? How old? Why not replace it with an all-in-one unit rather than paying $75-100 for a scanner you'll rarely use?

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#11
April 24, 2020 at 16:17:39
The only advantage of "some" stand alone scanners is that they "may" have better performance specs; but not all.

Drawback with them is that they are invariably usb - to be plugged in locally to the computer; rather than being accessible by any computer over the network. I researched networked scanners about a year ago and gave up in the end; either none around - way OTT prices...

Would be more flexible to buy a cheapish all-in-one and use only as scanner for the most part; and a spare printer when needed?


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#12
April 24, 2020 at 21:02:07
I use an HP Officejet 8720 at home which is a networked all in one scanner and printer. It uses larger ink cartridges than most home models, has Ethernet and Wifi (I use the ethernet), scanner (flat and sheet fed), can be used from all computers, and you can email to the printer from nearly anywhere from nearly any device without printer software.

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#13
April 24, 2020 at 22:34:31
I don't currently have a printer. I lost my printer at the same
time I lost my scanner. The scanner was a second-hand gift.
It looked virtually new, and worked fine. The printer was
black and white. I haven't got around to becoming the owner
of a color printer yet. I've let Kinkos or somebody do the
color printing for me. One of the last times I had something
printed in color, it was like 22" x 17", so...

I see printers go bad in so many ways, that I knew I didn't
want to tie the scanner to a printer. If I buy a very good
printer a year from now, I could still be using the scanner
years after the printer dies.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#14
April 25, 2020 at 02:35:06
The drawback with all-in-one kit is that if they lose one part... invariably you lose access to the other part...

Canon printers cough up assorted error messages relating to the printer; sometimes they can be resolved - but often not so. Unless the error message and its causes are cleared, the scanner can't be used either. Thus one a has plastic and metal brick...

I have seen this with two Canon all-in-one and I doubt this is unique to Canon; almost certainly all manufacturers have the same problem.

I seem to recall in an earlier discussion around scanners etc., that Johnw (lives in a centrally heated tent on the edge of Antarctica...) favoured separate items; and I do tend to his view. But as in my #11 unless one pays humungous money... they are usb only (once parallel/serial only in days of yore); thus networking becomes an issue. Likely one could share a stand alone scanner via a given/dedicated computer over the lan though it's not something I've actually done. Invariably stand alone scanners offer better specs., but for many a user that isn't a serious issues/requirement.

For the bulk of home the use of a basic monochrome (black only...) laser printer is a far better investment. Low running costs and invariably more reliable long term than current inkjet.

I still have my '95 vintage Epson EPL1600 as my main printer - networked via D-link parallel port adapter; I didn't get the Epson with the built in ethernet facs. as the price for their plug in adapter was outrageous at the time - at least for domestic use.

I use my Canon all-in-on mainly as a scanner and occasionally to print (mono or colour).

HP make one or two inexpensive mono lasers; as does Brother to name but two. No idea about Epson.


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#15
April 25, 2020 at 10:16:40
Sure, there are drawbacks to an all-in-one. There's also drawbacks to having a standalone printer + standalone scanner; cost & space are the big two. If you don't print much, you can get an HP AIO that comes with the "Instant Ink" program. They monitor your usage & mail you ink cartridges as needed. I usually do as much personal printing at work as possible, but I've been working from home for the past 5 weeks with no end in sight so that's no longer possible. Even so, I haven't found much of a need & have managed to get by with the free plan (15 pages per month). If you print a test page or cleaning page, that doesn't count against the total. If you go over, it costs $1 for an additional set of 10 pages. There are other plans as well.
https://instantink.hpconnected.com/...

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